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Hey, 1st Ward Residents: Here’s Your Chance To Tell Ald. La Spata How To Spend Money

Help Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) choose which alleys, sidewalks, traffic signals and street lights get repaired in 2020.

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) meets with supporters of the Community Arts Wicker Park project inside Heaven Gallery.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Have thoughts on how Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) should spend money in the 1st Ward?

Join the neighborhood’s freshman alderman for a Participatory Budget Meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the 1st Ward office, 1958 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Every year, each of Chicago’s 50 wards address their own specific local infrastructure needs through the Aldermanic Menu Program.  

In 2012, $1.32 million per ward was allocated from Capital Improvement Program general obligation bonds to provide a menu of infrastructure project options.

Projects chosen by aldermen include the repair and upgrade of streets, alleys, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals, street and alley lighting and street pole painting.

The voting process for 2019-20 Aldermanic Menu money begins in January, 1st Ward staffer Nick Zettel said.

“This meeting will be a great chance to volunteer ideas for voting locations across the Ward,” he said.

The Participatory Budgeting program will develop “democratic processes for infrastructure development,” Zettel added.

“We also hope that building these democratic norms will produce resident engagement in other policy, zoning and community services,” he said.

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